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French Surgeons Film Hip Replacement Through Oculus Rift

August 15, 2014 12:09 pm | Videos | Comments

Surgeons in France filmed a hip replacement operation and then turned it into a virtual reality video experience that can be downloaded for the Rift. The experiment is eventually meant to be a teaching tool.

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Chinese Grads Having Plastic Surgery to Look ‘Perfect’ for Job Interviews

August 15, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

According to the news site Metro UK, shockingly, increasing numbers of Chinese graduates are getting cosmetic surgery to help them ace their job interviews. Times are tough for grads, but spare a thought for those in China where record numbers are graduating – 7.26 million this month, seven times more than 15 years ago – while unemployment rates among new graduates six months after they leave school is believed to be around 30 percent.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Increased Risks After Surgery

August 15, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes in approximately 3,500 patients who underwent operations other than heart surgery between 2005 and 2011.

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Surgeon Uses Google Glass to Broadcast Surgery Live

August 15, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

In the first case of its kind, a Chinese surgeon used a Google Glass device to broadcast orthopedic surgery live, with the procedure watched by foreign colleagues in Asia and Europe on mobile phones and tablets, reports said Thursday. The surgery was performed by an orthopedic surgeon at a Chinese hospital known for its skills in reattachment of severed limbs — who live-cast the operation with the Google Glass’s 500-megapixel camera.

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Codman Neuro Launches Two New Catheters

August 14, 2014 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Codman Neuro*, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of the ENVOY® DA XB Distal Access Guiding Catheter and the 7F ENVOY® Guiding Catheter for neurovascular procedures. The announcement was made here at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) 11th Annual Meeting, where Codman Neuro is featuring the new catheters alongside its broad portfolio of neurovascular solutions, which include microcoils, vascular reconstruction devices and the full line of ENVOY Guiding Catheters.

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Stimuli-Responsive Drug Delivery Prevents Transplant Rejection

August 14, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Following a tissue graft transplant—such as that of the face, hand, arm or leg—it is standard for doctors to immediately give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's immune system from rejecting and attacking the new body part. However, there are toxicities associated with delivering these drugs systemically, as well as side effects since suppressing the immune system can make a patient vulnerable to infection.

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Couple Married Nearly 74 Years Has Life-Saving Surgery on Same Day

August 14, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

For nearly 74 years, Raymond and Maizie Huggins have done everything together. And that wasn’t about to change just because they needed heart surgery. The Huggins, both in their 90s, suffered from coronary artery disease. Like everything else in their life, the couple had their surgeries together this week, reported KTLA 5 News in Cleveland.

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'Shape-Shifting' Material Could Help Reconstruct Faces

August 14, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers reported that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for new bone growth.

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Immune Cell Discovery Could Halt Cancer Spread

August 14, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Melbourne researchers have revealed the critical importance of highly specialised immune cells, called natural killer cells, in killing melanoma cells that have spread to the lungs. The team, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, also found natural killer cells were critical to the body's rejection of donor bone marrow transplants and in the runaway immune response during toxic shock syndrome.

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Ohio Doctor, Medical Group Owe $1.8 Million in Surgery Death

August 14, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

A Franklin County, Ohio jury has awarded $1.8 million to the family of a 30-year-old man who died after surgery in 2010. According to the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the jurors found that Dr. Adam M. Zochowski of Columbus and his medical group, Central Ohio Surgical Associates Inc., were negligent in assessing the man, Carl Whitmer, and clearing him for surgery.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Tronex Nitrile Chemo-Rated Exam Gloves

August 13, 2014 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tronex Healthcare introduces its new Nitrile Chemo-Rated, Powder-Free, Fingertip-Textured Exam Gloves (Series #9696/9830).  Manufactured from an advanced material formulation, these lightweight yet highly durable and chemical-resistant gloves provide superior tactile sensitivity, elasticity, and tensile strength combined with added softness for comfort and reduced hand fatigue.

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Open-Heart Surgery Could Have Triggered Robin Williams' Depression

August 13, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

Robin Williams' 2009 open-heart surgery could have contributed to the late star's demise, possibly serving as a trigger to the comedian's downward spiral to severe depression. "Open-heart surgery has historically been known to affect a person's cognitive functioning following recovery," Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chief of psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, told the New York Daily News.

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Regional Anesthesia Breakthrough for Pediatric Knee Surgeries

August 13, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

A recent study of an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique, called femoral nerve block, shows that it leads to less opioid use and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. "Our goal with this technique is to reduce pain, which improves patient outcomes and patient satisfaction," said Tarun Bhalla, MD, director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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First Time in US: Doctors Replace Valve Outside Heart

August 13, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

For the first time in the United States, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital used a minimally invasive procedure to replace a failing, hard-to-reach heart valve with a new one – and placed it just outside the heart. Henry Ford is the first hospital in the United States to perform the unique, transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement, which was pioneered in Germany.

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Medical Device Staffers Admit to Defrauding Hospitals

August 13, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say two staffers at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000. Daniel Metz, a 34-year-old Fairfield resident, and 35-year-old Charles Carey Jr., of Clark, both pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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